ridecycling: Considering Fuji has not been in this market, it is a pretty audacious effort and a hefty price. Looks like they will be looking to recoup their R&D costs as fast as possible, but with prices like this, it may take a long time as I don't think this thing will fly off shelves per se.
It makes the Lumix GX1 a very interesting proposition what appears to offer very similar features sensor size aside.
I am not so sure people will flock to a costly system like this with only a few available lenses and a pretty short history for making product at this level. Risky proposition, not to say that Fuji is not a good brand, just they have not been a player in this domain before. Let's see how long these prices last.
To compare this system to a D4 is a real stretch. Just as you say, the ability to have 'lots of Nikon lenses' is one reason why the D4 can be a D4 to begin with.
Not to be sarcastic, but my friend, I know the D4 and this is no D4 - not even close.
Cheap is a term that is open for interpretation. If what I think you are saying it is good value, you may be right, but it will take a long time for Fuji to build a system even close in comparison to a D4 if ever.
I do question companies who title their products with the word 'Pro' as if that is who the product is made for; a bit of strange marketing twist. I don't see the word Pro on a D4, yet I would say the vast majority of D4 users will be just that, pros.
Considering Fuji has not been in this market, it is a pretty audacious effort and a hefty price. Looks like they will be looking to recoup their R&D costs as fast as possible, but with prices like this, it may take a long time as I don't think this thing will fly off shelves per se.
I dub this the medium format of compact cameras!
On the negative side, I would not call the G1-X a handsome camera. It is a bit all over the place from a physical appearance design stand point, my opinion.
It is too bad some of the design queues did not come from some of the new Fuji cams and/or even the Panasonic G1X which is a pretty slick looking unit.
Spec wise though, this camera ticks nearly every box and with some serious gusto. Granted the lens could be a smidgen faster f/2 or better, and start at a 24mm equivalent, that would have been really nice, but aside from that, this seems like an exciting package most especially for its demure size.
I think Canon has a real winner on its hands. Think of it this way, in relationship sensor size to total camera size, the S100 is like a Mack truck in comparison.
I thought Canon had really started to slip with its serious compact offerings, S95/100 aside, but this catapults them right back to the top of the heap, no worries.